Karen and PJ—the duo behind Wodke Hawkinson—have hit the sweet spot with Zeke.
This novel is a story of love gone wrong. It tells the tale of Sue, a shrinking violet (as my Mother would have called her) who falls madly in love with Zeke, a charismatic, bright and handsome clerk in her favorite bookstore.
Unlike so many books that I read these days (both indie and trad), the tension starts on page one. You, the reader, know that something is wrong with Zeke but you can’t quite put your finger on it. As the story progresses, the tension builds and you will not be able to put the book down. I found myself still reading at three o’clock one morning.
As a man, when I hear of women in abusive relationships, I usually wonder why they don’t just walk away. The authors do an excellent job in showing the emotions that persuade Sue to continue the relationship, while the reader is screaming at her to get out while she can.
As the novel progresses, you will keep asking yourself, ‘How far will Zeke go before Sue sees the light and runs from him?’ Without giving anything away, I can tell you it’s a long, long way and there is tension on every page as you take the journey with them.
This book gets five stars from me. I recommend it but will warn you that it is not for the faint of heart. The violence gets explicit.
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